Missouri casinos overcome river conundrum

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Moves to amend a Missouri law in the US that required each casino to be a “floating facility” have been successful.

Century Casinos, the major operator, has a venue at Caruthersville and reports that the Missouri Gaming Commission will now be able to approve a casino facility that is constructed as a standard building as long as it also includes a container with at least 2,000 gallons of water underneath.

As far as it affects the Century location at Caruthersville, says Century, it is the last remaining riverboat on open water and can now be moved to a non-floating position.

The company has bought land next to the pavilion building, with restaurant and meeting rooms and entrance to the walkway to the riverboat casino. A small hotel is included in the purchase and further options are now open to the operator.

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A new hotel and casino is in the plans, said Century. Missouri’s casino licences have been capped at 13 and venues still have to be located within 1,000 feet of the Mississippi or Missouri rivers. Century has two casinos in the state, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau, operating between them 1,365 slots and 32 tables.

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